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SOLIDWORKS-WoodWOP Nesting optimization with ONGAA CAM

Optimizing Processes and Optimizing MPRs

Nesting – or combining multiple parts onto one sheet is a vital function for ‘Flat Table’ operators.

Until now, ONGAA CAM‘s ability to nest ‘complete assemblies’ has been received with both enthusiasm and a little reservation.

Users have ‘enthusiastically’ created all kinds of assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, combining nested assemblies, parts with multiple configurations and ONGAA CAM has created multiple sheet MPRs without a hitch.

Then came the next requests for improvements …

  • How do I optimize the the processes? — the generated nested MPR made one part at a time — I want the number of tool changes to be reduced.
  • I have a big assembly, how do I do more than 4 sheets.
  • How do I tell ‘what part is what’ when looking at the nesting preview.
  • How do I print the nest layout (with parts listed) so the ‘guys on the floor’
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Nesting – Improvement and Optimizations

Since nesting is all about ‘optimizing’, we took another look at optimizing the nesting process to see where we could improve upon what we had.

Step 1, has not changed.  From an assembly click ‘Gen, Nested MPR’Start_nest

With a single click, all ‘unsuppressed’ parts of the assembly will be listed, sized and initially laid out on as many sheets as it takes and that layout displayed.

The nesting process will take a ‘configured’ sheet size – width, length and thickness as well as a perimeter scrap dimension ans apply these while arranging the parts.

Grain orientation of part and board was available in the previous release as were the numerous layout options and these remain the same.

 

Step 2, Adjusting the layout options has new features added to help the process.Main_nest_panel

The first is a quick reset of the sheet thickness based on the thickness of the parts.  If … Read the rest

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